The good news: Xeloda is a pill I take twice a day, so I'm not tied to the chemo chair every week. I'm starting at a reduced dose. We'll see about the side effects. The 21-day cycle is two weeks on the med, one week off.
I'll continue on the same other meds (Avastin, Aromasin and Faslodex). Dr G may add eribulin back in, depending on how well the Xeloda works.
Why no gamma knife? If any of the brain mets begin to bother me and cause symptoms that interfere with daily living, we will look into targeted radiation therapy. But if we used gamma knife now, there might be more damage from radiation scarring than benefit from the therapy. And Xeloda is his "go-to" treatment for brain mets.
I had a realization this afternoon while talking with Dr G. I can keep chugging along, even with new issues coming my way, as long as my quality of life is this good. I can cope with new stuff while living well with cancer. And when that changes, I'll deal with it as it comes along.